Living In China

Teach For China!

Teach For China!

Are you considering teaching English in China, but you haven’t quite decided yet? Maybe you are worried about your lack of experience? Maybe you would love to teach and travel, but you are worried about your career at home? Maybe you can’t decide between teaching in China and another Asian country? If any of this sounds familiar then read on to discover you can – and should – teach for China!

No Experience Necessary!

In China many public schools would love to a native English speaker on their staff to help their pupils with oral English. Currently that demand is higher than the amount of teachers available in China, and here lies your opportunity!

What this means is that employers who previously would have preferred their potential teachers to have experience are now waiving that requirement. This is great news for those amongst you who are just starting their career in teaching. All you need to do is meet the criteria for China Z-Visa and you could be teaching in Shenzhen or Beijing within a matter of months!

Learn Transferable Skills

The truth is that the vast majority of people have relatively short TEFL careers. This isn’t because of a lack of job satisfaction, but more the pull of ‘home’ becomes too strong after a few years. Due to this some may worry that they may not be able to find employment in their desired field once they return to their home country.

What should be considered at this point is the skills that you are going to learn while you teach English in China. You are going to become a skilled presenter and become more assertive. You are going to find yourself communicating with senior management and possibly be given the responsibility to create or implement a curriculum for your school. Your PowerPoint skills are going to improve  as you design engaging lessons for your students. The more ambitious amongst you might even decide to learn some basic Mandarin!

The skills you learn while teaching are transferable across many industries, sectors and job types. When you do eventually return home and begin your search for your next career, your resume is going to look better thanks to your time in China.

Teaching Funds Travel!

Some of you may be torn between teaching in China or another Asian country. If that is the case, then you need to read this. Salaries in China are significantly higher than most other Asian countries. Working in China can help fund your travels from Bali Beaches to a Philippine Paradise!

You are also going to need a lot of vacation time to make the most of traveling around this vast and beautiful continent. If you do choose to teach English in China’s public schools you are going to get more vacation time than you have had since university! Usually you will have 6-8 weeks of summer vacation, another week in October and around 4 weeks for Chinese New Year. Surely this will give you ample time to go on that adventure that you have always dreamed of!

Tom Bogues

Tom is the Director of ESL Job Center. He has been working in the TEFL industry in one form or another since 2016 and is now using that experience to match quality teachers with quality schools across China.